Friday, December 20, 2013

Baltimore City Agreement With Brekford Contains Secrecy Clause

It was recently reported that Baltimore City had reached an agreement with speed camera contractor Brekford Corporation $600,000 in taxpayer money to end their contract for Baltimore's currently shut down speed camera program.  Now, WBFF reports that the deal includes a confidentiality clause which forbids either party from discussing the reasons for canceling the contract and to keep all issues and analyses confidential.

WBFF published excerpts from the agreement:
"Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states"The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever." 
"Likewise, all communications and/or documents referring or relating to, or reflecting, each Party's internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."
This clause would appear to be intended to prevent the public, the press, or organizations like the Maryland Drivers Alliance from gaining access to any documents pertaining to whatever problems led the city to cancel their contract.

This is not the first time Baltimore has demonstrated a lack of transparency when it comes to speed cameras.  Earlier this year Baltimore City's speed camera task force was found to have violated the Open Meetings Act by holding a secret meeting at a Brekford facility where the press was excluded.  Representatives of the Maryland Drivers Alliance made a complaint to the state open meetings board in May, and the board issued a finding that the city had in fact violated the Act.  
"Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever." The document continues, "Likewise, all communications and/or documents referring or relating to, or reflecting, each Party's internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

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Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever." The document continues, "Likewise, all communications and/or documents referring or relating to, or reflecting, each Party's internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

Read More at: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/baltimore-city-deal-keeps-evaluation-speed-camera-issues-confidential-24166.shtml#.UrUJ0bQnUdV
Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever." The document continues, "Likewise, all communications and/or documents referring or relating to, or reflecting, each Party's internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

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"Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever." The document continues, "Likewise, all communications and/or documents referring or relating to, or reflecting, each Party's internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

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 "Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

Read More at: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/baltimore-city-deal-keeps-evaluation-speed-camera-issues-confidential-24166.shtml#.UrUJ0bQnUdV
"Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever." The document continues, "Likewise, all communications and/or documents referring or relating to, or reflecting, each Party's internal considerations, discussions, analyses, and/or evaluations of issues raised during the settlement discussions constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

Read More at: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/baltimore-city-deal-keeps-evaluation-speed-camera-issues-confidential-24166.shtml#.UrUJ0bQnUdV
"Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

Read More at: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/baltimore-city-deal-keeps-evaluation-speed-camera-issues-confidential-24166.shtml#.UrUJ0bQnUdV
"Neither Party will publicly disparage the other Party or the System," the document states. "The Parties agree that all communications between the Parties relating and referring to, and resulting in, the settlement of this matter, and all documents exchanged during, and pursuant to, the settlement discussions between the Parties, constitute confidential information and shall not be disclosed to any third party whatsoever."

Read More at: http://foxbaltimore.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/baltimore-city-deal-keeps-evaluation-speed-camera-issues-confidential-24166.shtml#.UrUJ0bQnUdV